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WUKY SportsPage episode 55: 'Legendary' entrepreneur Alan Stein

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Alan Stein brought professional baseball back to Lexington in 2001

Alan Stein may be best known for bringing professional baseball back to Lexington in 2001 as the founder of the Lexington Legends, but he has a long list of interests and accomplishments. Keith Elkins catches up with the 'newly retired' businessman who appears to be busier than ever.

Alan Stein may be best known for bringing professional baseball back to Lexington in 2001 as the founder of the Lexington Legends, but he has a long list of interests and accomplishments.

As a student at the University of Kentucky, he led the Student Activities Board, and brought Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Springsteen and Harry Chapin to perform in the Student Center Grand Ballroom at UK in their pre-superstar days. (A ticket for the Buffett show November 2, 1973 cost two dollars.)

Alan is a longtime business, education and public service leader in Lexington and Kentucky, and though he now refers to himself as “retired,” he remains very active in a variety of organizations, including the Fayette Education Foundation.

Alan’s work in baseball extended well beyond the Legends. He has been part of the ownership of teams in other cities, and has held numerous leadership positions in professional baseball. But first of all, he was a fan, and this conversation begins with his lifelong support of the Cincinnati Reds and trips to Crosley Field in the 1950s and 60s. It also covers the Legends’ story, the challenges, rewards, and fun of minor league baseball, his connections with some of baseball’s biggest names – and of course, the story behind those concerts at UK in the early 70s.

Keith Elkins has an extensive background in broadcasting and public relations. He retired in 2017 after nine years as director of broadcasting and media relations for the Lexington Legends. He was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Legends, who played a 140-game schedule in the South Atlantic League as a class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. For 15 seasons, he was heard on halftime and postgame shows as the studio anchor on University of Kentucky basketball broadcasts on the UK sports network.Keith is a former television sports anchor and reporter with WLEX-TV in Lexington. Later, as a member of the University of Kentucky public relations staff, he produced and narrated many television features and promotional announcements on behalf of the university. Keith also has served as director of public relations at Transylvania University and worked in marketing communications with Wyncom, Inc. of Lexington. He returned to UK as director of communications in the UK College of Engineering, and was the editor of the College of Engineering alumni magazine, Quadrangle. He has served as host of the WUKY Sports Page podcast since 2019.Keith is a native of Bedford, Indiana, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a longtime Lexington resident. He has two adult sons and two grandsons.